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Why You Should Never Skip The Patch Test

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The skin is just as complex as any other organ in the human body. It has countless little parts all working towards the same overall goal through renewal, repair, and barrier formation. These processes ensure that our insides are properly protected from the outside world while we comfortably enjoy all the benefits that the world has to offer without worry. Many of try to repay our skin with good skincare to help keep our skin as healthy and attractive as possible. Picking out the right products and figuring out how to manage the various issues that pop up from time to time is a continual learning process. Every new product we use is potentially an important step towards achieving our desired look, but it can also be a skin problem waiting to happen. That’s why none of us should ever skip the patch test when it comes to trying out new products. It is necessary to ensure our skin will stay healthy and can be the difference between attractive skin and an inflamed mess.

What Is The Patch Test?
The patch test is something you’ve likely already done without thinking before or that you’ve seen someone else do. It involves placing a small patch of a new product somewhere unobtrusive on your skin and waiting to see if you skin reacts. This tends to be a fairly reliable way to tell how your skin will react with some exceptions. Facial products used on body skin may not give you a fully accurate idea of how your skin will react because the skin of the majority of your body is thicker than the skin of your neck and face. As a result, it might be best to try a patch test for facial products somewhere unobtrusive on your neck. Similarly, you don’t want to test a body product on your face as they tend to be more potent and more likely to cause a reaction. The one exception to this is that you can get a good approximation for both out of a careful patch test on the wrist.

Why Do It?
As we’ve highlighted before, the skin is very complex. This necessarily means that it is easy to end up disrupting accidentally. There is no way to really know how our skin will react to a particular product without trying it for ourselves. Testing guidelines to okay them for human use only test for broad usage potential and can’t test for each little scenario our own skins present. Countless little factors ranging from genetics to environment to even diet can mean that some products end up not being ideal for our skin. Inflammation and other issues stemming from use of a poorly matched product can end up making skincare become a frustrating experience. A patch test helps you to avoid this by giving you an indication of how well your skin will handle a given product before you use it as directed. This will let you avoid skincare mistakes that you’ll then to make up for with appropriate care. It may take a little time, but the results are worth it.

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On Product Switching
It is worth noting that the patch test is just one consideration to keep in mind when trying out new products. This helps you avoid problems, yes, but you should ideally be taking another step as well. Remember that any product you use needs time to work. Give each new product you’re using three to four weeks to see if it has the desired effect on your skin. Swapping out products regularly, even with a patch test, is highly likely to end up irritating your skin. As complicated an organ as it is, your skin does prefer for things to stay as close to the same as usual most of the time. Swapping products too often will simply end up causing irritation that will potentially lead to breakouts and other skin issues over time. So take it slowly when looking for new products. Your skin will thank you for it later.

Doing a patch test when trying out new products gives you a way to be sure that your choice in products will properly support your skin. This will help you feel more confident when swapping products. Try to keep it in mind the next time you find a product isn’t doing what you need it to and you go hunting for a new one. You’ll likely be far more comfortable with the switch then.

Tips For Maintaining A Flawless Complexion

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It takes continual effort to maintain healthy skin. After all, there are a lot of variables to account for when trying to look our best. The ever-changing weather outside can easily end up becoming a major frustration if we’re not careful, but more often than not it is the exposure to pollution or the sun that can end up doing the most damage. More extreme skin types certainly don’t help matters. All of this means that maintaining a flawless complexion is never quite as easy as we hope. The good news is that a flawless complexion isn’t quite as flawless as we’re lead to believe by the media. Even our favorite celebrities look comparatively normal without a little help from makeup. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to work towards keeping our complexion as flawless as possible though. There are a few universal tips that can help with that and ensure that we all end up looking our overall best.

Avoiding Dull Skin
There are several things you can do to help avoid dull skin. One of the best ways is to remember to moisturize every day. Your skin needs to maintain a certain level of hydration to avoid drying out. Dry skin is overall duller than properly hydrated skin and brings with it another complication as well. Skin that dries out too much can start to secrete excess oil to get the dryness back under control. This, in turn, can further dull your skin as well as contribute to breakouts. Keeping your skin properly moisturized is in your best interest. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that you exfoliate regularly. Remember that your skin is constantly shedding and replacing outer layers of dead skin as a means of protecting itself. This can occasionally get built up too much and cause a dulling of the skin. Regular exfoliation helps the process along and prevent those build ups from becoming a problem.

Pore Size
Sometimes our pores seem larger than usual, but this is more of a problem of perception than it is in actuality. Actual pore size is governed almost exclusively by the hormone levels of your body. Estrogen dominant bodies tend to have smaller, more constricted pores while testosterone dominant bodies have larger looking pores that lead to the appearance of ruddier skin. There are plenty of things that can end up making us perceive our pores as larger than they are though. Dirt, grime, and oils getting caught up in our pores tend to be the predominant problem. Remember that the oils your skin secretes are constantly picking up dirt and other debris as you move through the day. When those get caught up in pores, they outline the edges and make them appear larger than they actually are while leaving us feeling self-conscious. All you really need to do is remember to rinse and cleanse daily to keep this under control. Occasional exfoliation helps a lot as well.

Apply Sunscreen
Sun damage tends to cause various kinds of disruption to your complexion. Redness and irritation are the most prominent, yes, but it also contributes to drying your skin out as well. The simple fact that UV exposure can do so much to your skin is a clear sign that it is necessary to protect your skin to maintain a healthy complexion. You’ve got plenty of options these days ranging from noncomedogenic sunscreen for the face to SPF-infused skincare products and makeup. The only requirements you need to meet for adequate protection are making sure that any product offers you SPF 30 or higher alongside broad spectrum protection. This will give you sufficient protection to protect most people’s skin. It is worth noting that you’ll get the most from a fully fledged sunscreen as its capabilities won’t be diluted or split, unlike combination products. Consider looking for mineral sunscreens as well for any extra boost of protection.

Taking good care of your skin is ultimately all that is required to keep your skin comparatively flawless. Remember that properly protected and moisturized skin is better able to withstand the rigors of the world. Working towards keeping your skin properly cleaned will help manage most basic problems as well. All of this does take effort, but the long term payoff is that you’ll be able to feel confident that you look your best for years to come.

Total Body Anti-Aging Solutions

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The signs of aging are varied and difficult to keep under control unless you know what you’re looking for and what to do. Most of the time we tend to be fairly focused on the face when it comes to preventing the signs of aging. It makes perfect sense given how prominent of a place our faces have, but there are other areas of the body that can be equally revealing if we’re not careful. Proper anti-aging skincare involves being aware of your entire body. It isn’t that hard to pick out what area is going to need the most attention on your body if you know what increases their chances of being a problem later. We’re going to review the most common problem areas and quick way to help counteract the effects of time. There is no fully stopping the signs of aging, but appropriate attention and awareness can ensure you age gracefully.

The Face
While this is the most obvious area for attention, we can’t skip it without ignoring part of the body. Most of us are well-acquainted with many issues that beset the face as we age. Wrinkles, dull skin, oiliness, and sagginess are all major issues that we hope to avoid for as long as possible. Some of the core problems come from damage done to the skin over time through sun exposure. As a result, you want to counteract it by nourishing your skin with products rich in vitamins A, C, and E. These will support your skin’s overall healing processes as well as providing the materials necessary to fuel it. Anti-aging products rich in antioxidants are particularly encouraged as they help to minimize the long term damage of sun exposure. Remember to pay special attention to protecting the area around your eyes due to the over thinness of the skin meaning that area will begin to wrinkle first.

The problem with the attention we place on the face is the fact that it tends to need to the neglect of the neck and the decolletage. This area tends to suffer just as much, if not more, from overall exposure to the sun and elements as the face. Care for the area isn’t even that hard. All you really need to do is continue your facial skincare routine down along your neck. This is needed because the skin of the neck is as thin or thinner than the skin of the face in some areas. Without the attention and care, your neck will begin to sag and show lines faster than your face. This betrayal of your apparent age will undermine the rest of your efforts. Don’t forget to moisturize and exfoliate the decolletage regularly. This area can benefit from nourishing skincare too, but basic skincare can be enough if you make sure to tend to it regularly.

Woman hands putting lotion

We almost never actually think about the health of our hands unless they are feeling uncomfortable. It is another unfortunate truth about skincare because the hands truly need care and attention to stay healthy. They are almost never covered, we don’t think to apply sunscreen to them, and constant motion means the skin is continually stretched and folded as we go about our daily routines. All of this is a recipe for a long term lack of health for the skin. The best way to counteract this is to remember to regularly moisturize your hands. Keep a hand cream available to use when the skin of your hands feels taut instead of ignoring the feeling. Try to find moisturizers that nourish your hands as well. This will help give them an extra boost. Lastly, don’t forget to treat them like the rest of your skin. Apply sunscreen to them front and back.

These three areas represent the parts of our skin that tend to suffer the most as we age. Exposure, movement, and a lack of attention to detail can lead us into a situation where our skin ends up prematurely aging. Remembering that and taking steps to counteract it with a good card will go a long way towards ensuring you’re able to look your best for years to come.

Exfoliation Is Essential For Great Skin

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There are some basic considerations we all need to remember when it comes to ensuring healthy skin. Rinse and cleansing, as two of the most basic steps in a routine, are vital despite their simplicity. They help to clear away various kinds of grime from our skin and uncover the healthy skin below. Cleaning the skin effectively ensures that it both looks and feels healthier overall while minimizing the chance for issues. Exfoliation helps to do much of the same but goes a bit deeper than simple surface cleaning is capable of doing all on its own. It actually helps support your skin’s natural healing and cleaning processes that are meant to keep your skin healthy and intact regardless of any damage it takes. The complex supports systems within your skin were taking decent care of it long before skincare was invented, but that doesn’t mean we can’t improve upon them. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at exfoliation and why it is essential for great skin.

Understanding Your Skin
To understand exfoliation’s place in skincare, you have to have a clearer understanding of how your skin is structured and what exactly exfoliation is simulating. Human skin is composed of multiple layers. Each of these layers has particular roles ranging from providing structure to housing glands to offering protection. The outermost layers are the ones tasked with the latter duty. That’s why the absolute outermost layer of your skin is actually composed of dead skin cells. They form a layer of skin that will be otherwise unfazed by any damage they take as the cells are no longer alive. We shed these outermost layers at a fairly consistent rate every day and replace them to ensure that barrier remains intact. Unfortunately, they don’t always detach as effectively as we might like or as well as nature thinks they do. This can lead to a buildup of dead skin cells that dull our skin. Exfoliation is the solution to this problem.

Supporting Nature
Built up layers of dead skin can result in around two scenarios depending on the location of the buildup and the amount of friction the skin experiences. Most of us are familiar with getting calluses on our feet, for instance, from childhood or another time we opted to forego shoes for a while. The calluses themselves are build-ups of dead skin cells caused by our skin responding to wear and tear on that area of skin by building up a barrier. When this happens anywhere else on our skin, it results in a dulling of our skin that takes away our natural glow. Dead skin cells simply aren’t the best at letting go of one another and exfoliating helps to bypasses this problem in nature. It loosens them or breaks them away from the rest while thinning those outermost layers. You maintain protection for your skin while keeping it healthy looking. The best part is that you’re able to clean your skin more effectively when exfoliating properly.

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How To
Exfoliating products can be broadly broken down into physical and chemical exfoliating agents. Physical exfoliating agents are the rough materials you typically find in scrubs. The rely on rough edges at a microscopic level to perform the exfoliating. These products physically wear away at dead skin cells and grime. Unfortunately, this has the potential to damage more sensitive skin and as a result, physical exfoliating products are best used on the body rather than the face. Your face will typically benefit the most from chemical exfoliating agents thanks to the even coverage they provide as well as the relative ease of finding products of the right potency for your skin. The most common chemical exfoliating agents are acids at skin friendly concentration levels. They dissolve the problems away for you. Regardless of the kind of exfoliating product you’re using, you should only be exfoliating once or twice a week to avoid harming your skin.

Exfoliation is an important part of skincare because it supports your skin’s natural regenerative and cleaning processes by fixing some unexpected problems with the processes. Working on these issues is necessary to maintain smooth, clear skin as it prevents your skin from getting too dull. It also happens to be a good safeguard against your pores getting overly clogged by dirt and grime as well by helping strip away potential problems. Just try to remember not to over-exfoliate or you’ll end up causing more problems than you’ll solve.

Maintaining A Happy Healthy Complexion

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Keeping your complexion looking its best takes a certain level of dedication. Human skin, for all of its ability to care for itself, regularly needs a push in the right direction for the majority of us. It has less to do with unfortunate genetics and more to do with the simple fact that a complex world interacts with our skin in a similarly complex way. Our task is typically just to figure out the best way to manage various factors along with product choice to help maximize the benefits to our skin. There are a lot of ways to go about this given everything that can potentially help our complexions. It is possible to put together a quick overview of some of the major groups of options for helping to do just that. These will provide a highlight of how to benefit your skin and the methods you need to go about it ranging from lifestyle choices to using the right products.

Make Good Habits
One really good option for helping maintain a happy and healthy complexion is just making sure that you have habits. Getting enough sleep regularly is one of the best ones. Your body needs to sleep to keep your skin properly repaired and without that sleep, you’ll quickly start looking worse and worse. So work towards making sure you’re getting enough rest by turning off alarms in the evening and trying to go to sleep at the same time every night. This will work towards helping you rest easier. Remember to put on sunscreen too! Protecting your skin needs to be a consistent habit no matter what season it is. You’re exposed to UV rays when you behind a window too. This means both at home and when you’re driving your car. Applying that sunscreen will minimize damage from sun exposure and in turn, reduce potential damage to your complexion over time. These sorts of good habits can go a long way, but making dedicated lifestyle choices can go far too.

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Live Well
Our bodies all expect things to be a certain way. We can really fault them for still thinking it is thousands upon thousands of years in the past as it isn’t like our bodies have a way of knowing that. Unfortunately, it does mean they require a certain level of care to make sure everything works properly even though we’re no longer hunter-gatherers. Regular exercise is crucial to this as it helps our body stay in good shape as well as helping to maintain healthy circulation throughout the body. That last part is crucial to maintaining a healthy complexion as your skin might end up being accidentally neglected by the rest of your body without it. Healthy circulation also gives you a nice, natural glow. A good diet builds upon all of this by providing your body with the nutrients it needs to keep everything in working order. A good diet will help your skin be clearer, healthier, and more resilient. That means lots of fruits and vegetables with a little meat thrown in for good measure now and again. Talking to your doctor can get you more specific in formation.

Product Choice and Use
It is important to remember that we need to stay consistently aware of our skin’s needs if we’re going to keep a healthy complexion. Everyone’s skin has shifting needs based on the climate and our individual ages. Regularly evaluating if your products are doing all they can for your skin is necessary to keep everything healthy. Additionally, we all need to make sure we’re maintaining at least a basic skincare routine to ensure our complexion is healthy. That means remembering to rinse, cleanse, and exfoliate fairly regularly. Remember that rinsing needs to be done with lukewarm to warm water. Hot water will damage your skin and hurt your complexion. Stick with gentle cleansers for helping to clean your skin. Consider looking into a hydrating cleanser, in particular, to ensure your skin retains enough moisture. Chemical exfoliating products using glycolic acid are one of the better options for gently exfoliating your skin as well. These three steps alone can go a long way towards maintaining a healthy complexion even if you don’t have any other products on hand.

Happy woman

Maintaining a happy and healthy complexion isn’t that hard. Good stress management combined with positive habits and lifestyle choices go a long way towards helping maintain a healthy look. Remembering to consistently re-evaluate your own product choices and skincare routine helps as well. All of this may take effort, but it will help you feel confident in your skin and appearance for years to come.

The After Workout Glow

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Exercise is one of those things that is absolutely crucial to our health. We have to constantly utilize our muscles or they can and will start falling into disrepair. Consistent, moderate exercise has countless health benefits that reflect this ranging from less chance of injury as we age to maintaining healthy cognition to simply being at less risk from various ailments. Interestingly enough, you can also include looking a little better with the effects of a good workout. Most of us are familiar with a kind of after workout glow that fades as our bodies cool down, but there’s no denying it looks wonderful while it is there. The benefits to your appearance don’t stop at that though. Longer term benefits to your complexion exist as long as you’re willing to make the effort to ensure some of the downsides don’t catch up to you. With that said, let’s take a quick look at some of the dos and don’ts of looking your best during and after a workout.

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The Prep
Making proper use of the after workout glow means being ready for it. It isn’t uncommon for many of us to wear makeup when we exercise. This is especially true if we’re going to a gym and have a chance of being potentially made to feel less than confident about ourselves. Light makeup is one’s best friend in this situation. Exercise necessarily means that we’re going to sweat and sweat tends to result in running into the unenviable position where thicker makeup can run or smear. You end up far more likely to cause a breakout later than you are to enjoy looking your best. Sticking to lighter foundations or largely eye makeup can go a long way to keep feeling confident without creating a situation where your skin ends up suffering later. The glow will complement this light touch after you’ve finished exercising and make you look all the better. Admittedly, what that glow means is already a sign that you’ll be looking a bit better, but that requires a little more detail to explain.

Boosting Your Skin
That natural glow most of us experience after exercising is actually just increased blood flow beneath out skin. Your body doesn’t actually give your skin as high of a priority as your internal organs. This makes perfect sense for keeping you alive, but it has the unfortunate side effect of meaning your skin typically isn’t as healthy as it could be without exercise helping things along. The glow is, in essence, being able to see that blood flow through the layers of your skin. It brings with it all the nutrients you’ve eaten recently. This is how you keep your skin properly fed and ready to care for itself. Providing it with a share of the nutrients means it will be able to repair itself properly and keep everything looking its best. That in turn helps you skin to be just that much more resilient to any damage it faces as well. There’s one last thing you need to know to make the most of that after workout glow.

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Clean Up
You can extend the glow with a nice shower after you exercise. It will still fade soon enough, but warm water will keep it apparent for longer than leaving things on their own will. Additionally, you’re going to want to remove all that makeup as well as the sweat of the workout. Sweat itself is a healthy activity on the part of the body that is trying to prevent you from overheating. The problem is that the sweat can accidentally pick up unwelcome debris in the form of dirt and makeup along its path along your skin. This can end up slipping into your pores and mixing with your natural oils. That’s the sort of mixture that ends up clogging your pores. Washing after you shower and ensuring that the sweat and makeup are gone will let you prevent any added risk of having a breakout from regularly exercising with makeup on. Remember this will let you make the most of that lovely glow without paying for it later.

It doesn’t take very much to keep looking your best during and after you exercise. A little makeup goes a long way towards complementing the natural glow that results from increased blood flow. Making the most of it can let you look absolutely radiant for a short while after you exercise. Don’t forget to wash all that sweat and makeup off later to ensure you keep your skin healthy though.

Fill Your Fridge With Foods For Healthy Skin

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One of the bigger shame in beauty is that we tend to accidentally end up being fixated on the products that one “must use” to look one’s best. The truth is that beauty is a much deeper commitment than just product choice. We each have to dedicate ourselves to bettering various aspects of our lives if we expect to keep ourselves looking and feeling healthy. Yes, those products have their role, but so does getting in regular exercise. Your body will thank you for all that extra movement and experience better blood flow. This will distribute nutrients around your body far more effectively as well as give you a healthy, natural glow. You can improve this even more by ensuring that your diet has plenty of skin friendly options readily available to you. Consider checking your fridge right now and see if you have any of the following foods that support healthy skin. If they’re not there, you’re going to want to consider updating what you eat regularly.

Dark leafy greens

Dark, Leafy Greens
While everyone’s fond of crediting kale with miracles, it isn’t really a miracle food so such as it is packed with various vital nutrients. Kale and its relatives, such as spinach, broccoli, and lettuce, are all full of plenty of useful nutrients that help support proper overall health. It doesn’t hurt that most of them have decent amounts of vitamins A, C, and E either. Those three vitamins represent some of the foundations of skincare and help support your skin’s natural healing process. In fact, they contribute some of the elements necessary for your skin to keep producing collagen and elastin, two structural proteins necessary for keeping your skin looking firm and youthful. The interplay with various other healthy compounds in the foods certainly doesn’t hurt your skin or your body either. What makes it even better is the sheer flexibility of dark, leafy greens as a food and the ability to use them in many ways.

Bell peppers

Most of the time we tend to treat peppers are an accent to the flavor of any given dish. There’s nothing wrong with this. Peppers are good as an accent, but can also form a tasteful center to some meals. Regardless of this, they’re an incredible skin friendly option to add to your diet. This is thanks to the nutrients in them and the other compounds there by virtue of their brilliant colors. The flavonoids and similar are contribute to making peppers overall even more healthy for your body and skin. Peppers, especially bell peppers, are known for having a potent collection of antioxidants as well. These help to neutralize free radicals in your skin that might otherwise lead to a continual low level of damage in the skin. They’re particularly good for people looking to fight the signs of aging as they’ll help decrease the readiness with which wrinkles form over time. It doesn’t hurt that bell peppers can be particularly nice no matter how you eat them.


There’s plenty of room for eggs in a skin friendly diet. They are absolutely full of useful protein that can go towards supporting maintaining your body and skin. What makes them truly had to ignore is the fact that you can build upon this by adding various vegetables and spices to make them healthier and taste even better. Their low fat content helps a lot in supporting your skin without adding to any potential problems. This is especially good at helping to minimize wrinkles in the longer term. This is likely due to partially minimizing the amount of skin available to fold. We recommend looking into various egg recipes to make the most of this food. Tomatoes, peppers, and similar foods can all make delightful and healthy additions that make any dish all the more delectable. Don’t end up favoring eggs over other options though. Remember that the right fruits and vegetables will always provide some of the best sustenance for your skin.

Stocking your fridge with a mind to properly take care of your skin will help you work towards a lifestyle that supports good skin. This goes a good deal further than simply using the right products. It provides your skin with what it needs to care for itself and that can help minimize the signs of aging and other skin issues over time. All it takes to get these benefits is a small adjustment to your diet.

Don’t Ignore Your Summer Skin Care Needs

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It is important to remember that taking care of your skin means ensuring that you’re properly taking care of your skin’s needs at all times. Most of us don’t have a problem with this because skincare becomes routine. This changes over time as our skin becomes more sensitive to the changes brought on by the seasons. Your skin has particular needs in both summer and winter. This is thanks to the shift in the weather tweaking how your skin behaves in each of these extremes. Winter is known for its cool, dry air that tends to become a bane for anyone interested in skincare thanks to the potential for severely drying the skin out. Summer is a different story. All that sun and sweat bring different risks to the front that need to be dealt with to avoid a summer of breakouts and other issues. We’ve got a quick look at some of the major summer skincare needs so that everyone can be just that much more prepared.

Stay Clean
Summer is almost always associated with sweating a little more regardless of the country you happen to be in. That extra sweat is actually one of the primary concerns of summer. Remember that, as you go about your day, your skin is constantly defending itself from particulate matter, micro-pollution, and countless other little things out to damage it. These materials, as well as dead skin cells, end up accumulating on your skin fairly regularly. They get caught in the natural oils your skin secretes to keep itself healthy. While this is part of your skin doing its job, it would be wrong to ignore the fact that also leads to problems. The extra sweat of summer makes this more of a problem as it can motivate clumps of oil and debris to flow down the skin and end up dragging them into pores. You could end up facing more breakouts this way. That’s why you need to get in a quick shower or bath any time you’ve physically exerted yourself a lot in summer. Wash away the sweat instead of letting it set to stay ahead of the problem.

Woman applying sunscreen

Wear Sunscreen
Most people have a vague idea that they should “maybe” wear sunscreen more in summer. It being so vague tends to lead people to make incorrect decisions where they forego sunscreen a lot of the time in summer with the reasoning that it won’t really hurt their skin. We would like to stress that this is incorrect. Not only do you need to wear sunscreen all the time, but sun exposure is actually a little worse in summer. We all need to be that much more attentive when it comes to ensuring that we apply sunscreen during the hotter parts of the year. This will help to minimize cumulative sun damage over time and ensure that our skin looks its best for longer. Remember that you’ll want to find and stick with a sunscreen that offers you broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30 to ensure that your skin is being properly defended. Some clothing treated to resist the sun won’t hurt either.

Don’t Tan
Avoiding hurting your skin in the summer goes a long way towards keeping it healthy. Tanning is, natural or in a tanning bed, in no way healthy. A lot of people try to convince themselves that a little light tanning in summer can’t really hurt their skin. This isn’t correct. A tan is a sign that your skin has been hurt to a degree because that is how your body reacts to a specific amount of routine sun damage. Tanning is not good for your skin. Yes, plenty of us grew up with the idea that it was a good, natural, and healthy, but later research showed the damage it was doing to our skin over the long term. If you want a sun-kissed look for the summer, we strongly advise that you look into a good sunless tanning option. These are a lot better now than they were in the past and can provide a simple yet effective way to get the desired look.

Taking care of your skin’s needs during summer is all part of a pattern of seasonal skincare. Learning to make adjustments to your routines that place slightly more emphasis on some components at specific times of the year goes a long way to helping keep your skin healthy. Making the effort may not seem like it has many immediate benefits, but you will see the benefits eventually.

Restore Your Skin’s Natural Radiance


Woman patting skin

Healthy skin has a distinct natural beauty. We all recognize it. There’s this certain pang of acknowledgment and a bit of jealousy many people get when we see someone whose skin is clearly healthy. Good skin, after all, is at least partly genetics. Anyone can do this that pulls their skin away from being healthy though. Life seems to conspire to get us to take up habits that end up hurting our skin and taking away its natural radiance. We’re left wishing that our skin could look as good as the people whose skin seems naturally resilient and beautiful. The good news is that anyone can work towards restoring their skin’s natural radiance. It involves taking a few steps to take better care of one’s skin, yes, but none of them are particularly hard. All we have to do is commit to taking the necessary time to provide this care and wait for the results to show.

Get Enough Sleep
One of the worse things we do to our skin is not getting enough sleep. This is because sleep is because our body goes into “repair mode” when we sleep as it can finally direct the majority of its energy towards fixing any damage that has been done to our body. It is the primary time that our skin fixes the various things that have been done to it over the course of the day. Without this time, your skin will gradually begin to look less and less healthy while various signs of aging or ill health become more apparent. This is thanks to your body not being able to repair the damaged collagen, one of the body’s primary structural proteins, that provides structure to your skin. Failing to repair the problem results in situations where the skin beneath the eyes can end up becoming thinner and making you look more tired while wrinkles begin to form more readily. The natural firmness and springiness of your skin begin to suffer too. Getting enough sleep is vital to ensuring your skin is naturally healthy and beautiful.

Exercise And Get a Massage
Blood flow plays an important part in creating the healthy, natural glow that so many of us have wished we had in the past. There is a really short list of what we can do to actually get the look. It honestly means that we all need to be exercising more. Regular exercise helps to increase overall blood flow that in turn keeps our skin healthy and gives it that subtle, healthy flush. That little bit of redness that helps us to look our best tends to fade some when our blood flow isn’t as good as it could be and is part of why we tend to look so pale when we get sick. All you really need to do is remember to take a brisk walk for half an hour to an hour a few times each week and that should be enough exercise. You can also do your circulation a favor by getting a massage. We especially recommend a facial massage for a bit of concentrated aid.

Get A Facial
The natural glow of your skin also becomes diminished over time thanks to skincare routines not always keeping up with the skin’s needs. Our skin’s needs change over time and we all hit a point where we only realize we haven’t been doing all we could just a little too late to help. Fortunately, a facial can be a really good option for a quick “reset” to your skin’s health and cleanliness. The combination of cleansing, exfoliating, and nourishing goes a long way towards restoring a natural luster. It is particularly good if you already have a known skincare issues that you’re trying to control that has gotten out of hand. Regular facials are a good option if you can budget the time for them. Regardless of whether you can or not, a good facial should do its part to help restore a healthy glow. This is especially true when combined with a healthy lifestyle and proper skin protection.

Keeping and maintaining a natural radiance goes a long way towards ensuring we look like our best selves. Makeup is always there to help, but we should never forget makeup’s purpose is to help enhance. Looking our best naturally before we apply makeup will only make the effect more striking. It may take some effort to maintain a natural radiance, but it is worth it for the sense of confidence and beauty that it provides.

Four Causes of Dry, Itchy Skin

Four Causes of Dry, Itchy Skin

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Nobody wants dry, itchy skin, but this is an extremely common issue that many have to deal with. While there are many products available that can help you to combat this, it is always advisable to also identify the root cause of any skin problems, so that you can protect against, and prevent, this as much as possible.

Hot Showers
As soothing as a hot, steamy shower after a long, hard day may seem, high temperatures will quickly lead to dry and itchy skin. Your skin produces natural oils that are necessary for moisturizing and hydrating the skin, but hot water strips these away, causing your skin to dry out. Opt for lukewarm temperatures instead, and try to limit your showers and baths to no longer than ten minutes.

Harsh Ingredients
There are many skin care products out there that seem exceptional, but are actually filled with a plethora of harsh ingredients. Many of these can be solely responsible for dry and itchy skin, so it would be worthwhile doing some reading up on harsh ingredients to avoid. Common ones include benzoyl peroxide, which is usually used to tackle acne, high levels of alcohol, fragrances and preservatives.

Low Quality Moisturizers
While you may think that a moisturizer should be able to nourish your skin, no matter what may be in it, this is not at all true, as the ingredients used have a huge effect on the way in which a moisturizer works. Make sure that you are using one that contains ceramides and humectants, as both of these trap water to the skin and help to restore its natural protective barrier. You should also be sure to moisturize your skin while it is still damp, such as immediately after stepping out of the shower. Moisturizers are designed to form a thin film over the surface of the skin, so if your skin already has water on it, then this extra moisture will be trapped in, and absorbed, thanks to the moisturizer applied over it.

Dry Air
Dry air is especially common in the winter months, due to the drop in temperature and humidity. In addition to this, indoor heat sources, whether this may be an electric heater or a fireplace, also have a drying effect on your skin, and, when all of this is combined, it is easy to see why skin ends up dry, itchy and flaky. If this is the case for you, try to increase the frequency at which you moisturize your skin, and consider investing in a humidifier, as these are great for adding moisture back into the air.

While there are a number of different factors that can contribute to dry and itchy skin, these are four of the most common. However, they are also causes that you can have quite a bit of control over, meaning that, once you have identified what is causing your dry skin, you will be able to take the necessary steps to prevent this from occurring in the future.